Riding the dark coat tails of Disney's smashing success Maleficent comes Cinderella, a live-action retelling of one of the world's most beloved fairy tales. And after months of teasing, Disney is finally giving us a rich look at this promising adventure with a new trailer:
"Have courage, and be kind."
Looking to set itself apart from the 1950 animated Cinderella from the very start, this trailer for the Kenneth Branagh-directed version begins with a rare moment between poor little Ella and her late mother. For the moment, we're spared the loss of this lovely mum. Still, we're quickly introduced to Cate Blanchett's evil stepmother, who'd rather you call her Madam, thanks. And then of course, there's Cinderella's origin story of being bullied into servitude and mocked by her malicious stepsisters, who bestow her with her titular nickname. But don't cry for Ella, her mother's words will lead her to happiness, and the path of a dashing prince.
Okay, so I'll confess, I loathed the first teaser that focused solely on Cinderella's iconic glass slipper. But this trailer gives us a delightful and daring heroine (Lily James), colorfully cruel villains (Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera),
And can we take a moment to admire Cinderella's gorgeous gown?
Cinderella will hit theaters March 13th, 2015.
To see Cinderella's live-action characters side-by-side with their cartoon ancestors, click to page 2.